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I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

If you are unlucky: Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! they should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, along with good hand-washing, can help avoid catching viruses. The current coxsackie a6 strain, in the news, is causing worse hand-foot-mouth symptoms than the typical strain. Bad symptoms include high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, brain problems, etc... ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Can minocin (minocycline) as a drug to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Can minocin (minocycline) as a drug to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

In some cases: Minocin (minocycline) can help some people with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though it is an antibiotic its effect in arthritis is felt to be due to its anti-inflammatory effects and interferring with substances that cause joint and cartilage damage called metalloproteinases. ...Read more

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What happens if you stop taking immunosuppressive for rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens if you stop taking immunosuppressive for rheumatoid arthritis?

Comes back: Rarely does RA go into true remission without getting worse after stopping the immunosuppressives. This is particuarly true for methotrexate. Many people have stopped gold therapy without a return of the arthritis for many years. Occasionally biologics can be stopped after several years of remission but the RA usually returns. ...Read more

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How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

How can I stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?

By seeing..: A rheumatologist and getting placed on an appropriate combination of "remitting agents. Injections of Prednisone like steroids should give you very quick relief, but this is not the long term solution! ...Read more

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What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many!: Methotrexate, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, doxycycline, minocycline, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine and more! then, you have the tnf-alpha drugs: humira, remicade, enbrel, cimzia, and more. Then other biologics: Rituxan and orencia (abatacept). New drugs will shortly be online as well! ...Read more

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Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Depends on symptoms: If the disease goes into remission it may be possible to stop medication this is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. If the disease is still active it may harmful to the joints and frankly dangerous to stop your medications abruptly. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more